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update with subquery

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How many times will I have to google ‘how to update i with a subquery’ before I remember?  I don’t know how it happens, but every time I forget how to update a table with another source table’s information based on some matching field.  Updating a table is easy (‘update table set field = ‘bla bla’….) but if you want to update with another table’s data it quickly reveals that your understanding of the logic behind t-sql isn’t perfect.  Regardless, here is the script that will update ALL fields in your table from another source table.

update destinationtable
set destinationTable.destinationField = sourcetable.sourcefield
from destinationTable join sourcetable on destinationtable.CriteriaField = sourceTable.CriteriaField


Written by matt

July 17, 2007 at 9:46 am

Posted in T-Sql

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  1. and inserts:

    insert into destinationtable
    select * from sourcetable
    where blabla = ‘bla’


    insert into destinationtable from sourcetable where blabla = ‘bla’

    (of course, if the columns don’t match exactly you’ll want to specify like a normal insert statement)


    August 24, 2007 at 2:28 pm

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